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Application Process

The Postdoctoral Diploma Program can be completed in one year and has two academic cycles each year — therefore, you choose when to begin your program. Regardless of when you plan to apply, the three steps in the application process are the same.

Application deadline Begin course work Proposal due Completion date
March 1 July 1 Jan. 1 June 30
Sept. 1 Jan. 1 July 1 Dec. 31

Note: Scholars admitted to the Postdoctoral Diploma Program are given priority registration in CTSC classes. Nonadmitted attendees are allowed to register on a space-available basis.

1. Identify a mentor

Identifying a mentor is one of the most important steps in applying to the Postdoctoral Diploma Program. The most critical role of your mentor is to guide you in the research experience portion of the program.

Mentors must be chosen from within Mayo Clinic. Use Mayo's research faculty directory and research departments and centers to identify and directly contact potential mentors.

2. Complete and submit application materials

All application materials must be received by the Sept. 1 or March 1 deadline. Submit your completed program application with the supporting materials outlined on the first page of the application to the CCaTS Postdoctoral Diploma Program education specialist. Please indicate at the top of the second page that you are applying for the Postdoctoral Diploma Program.

The application form also requires the following:

  • Mayo Clinic posting account unit (PAU)
  • Name and signature of your clinical or research administrator
  • Name and signature of your department or division chair

3. Application review

Applications are reviewed by the CCaTS Postdoctoral Programs Executive Committee immediately after the March 1 and Sept. 1 deadlines. You will be notified regarding your application status after the review is completed.

Once you are admitted to the Postdoctoral Diploma Program, a nonrefundable program fee of $5,000 will be charged to the PAU you provide.


Our Education Contacts page contains a listing of team members who can assist you with questions.

  • May 14, 2014
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